College answers engineers call

MK College apprentices Toby Gibson, who is currently working  with Siemens, and Jenny Ingrey who is working at Cranfield
MK College apprentices Toby Gibson, who is currently working with Siemens, and Jenny Ingrey who is working at Cranfield
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Milton Keynes College has stepped into the breach to answer a call for more trained engineers.

The appeal comes from David Moss, from Nissan’s plant at Cranfield.

Mr Moss said the company is about 60 engineers short and there is a lack of local skills, particularly relating to electronics.

It is a problem which has already been identified bybosses at the college, which invested more than £6.5 million in a new Innovation and Technical Centre opened last year.

The engineering facility within the ITC has state-of-the-art machinery specifically to deliver a range of engineering programmes combining traditional skills with the latest techniques used in modern engineering design.

Apprentices and full time students develop their skills in design, pneumatics, hydraulics, electronics, CNC, manufacturing and production

College Principal, Dr Julie Mills said: “From September 2013 employers can take advantage of our Higher Apprenticeship scheme which can be tailored to meet their individual needs.

“We are always very keen to hear from companies like Nissan to find out exactly what their needs are and work very hard to provide courses which are appropriate to those needs.”

The college is currently advertising engineering apprenticeship vacancies for employers with apprentices needed at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher levels.